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Thus far Milk Music has provided a fat-free experience. Since launching two months ago, the music streaming app has been straightforward, rather minimalist, and ad-free. But after taking time to reflect on the matter, Samsung's decided that perhaps a little bit of fat wound be healthier long-term. So the company's adding ads to the free version of the software, with a new ad-free premium subscription soon to launch for $3.99 a month.

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The infographic doesn't mention any other limits to the free service, but it does say that premium subscribers will get some exclusive features other than a lack of ads. For now, Samsung's still only willing to serve Milk to relatively current Samsung Galaxy smartphones. People with a Galaxy S III/Note 2 or newer should have no problem installing the app from the widget below.

Source: Samsung

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Ashley Waugh

    I think that's pretty fair. Free use with ads, or only $4 a month to get rid of the ads.

    Good Work Samsung

    • kingdazy

      "Good Work Samsung"
      Srsly? You're applauding a billion dollar company on releasing a service that makes money off you coming or going?

      • hot_spare

        They are not a charity foundation. It's high time you realize that.

        • kingdazy

          You're both knee-jerk idiots.
          I never said Samsung should be giving away anything.
          I simply made fun of someone for applauding an industry that's successfully making money off of them with a service that most people agree is pretty crappy.

          • Ashley Waugh

            It appears you're just one of the anti-Samsung crowd that is simply criticizing them on principle rather than merit.

            Firstly, Every company is built around the idea of making money. If a company doesn't make money, it doesn't survive long...

            Secondly, Your premise of "successfully making money off them with a service that most people agree is pretty crappy" is fundamentally flawed. Either people LIKE the service and Samsung get advertising/subscription revenue, or they will uninstall the app and Samsung doesn't make any money. Samsung doesn't make any money if people don't like the service - there-go your argument is invalid.

            I was applauding the idea of a good service at a reasonable price. I highly doubt anyone will balk at the idea of getting free music with ads, or paying $4 a month so they don't have ads.

      • Martin

        So if you are billionaire you don't need any more money, so your company will work for the workers only, to support their families? What an idiot you are.. People always are crying for free.. They pay to labels, labels to artists.. Nothing in this world is for free.. Only Love and Sex, and even it's not free for everyone!

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/77537273@N03/ Herman

    Decided to check out what this app is all about in the Play Store:
    "Milk Music™ is a free radio service with no ads."

    If you're going to use ads in a free version, you should've started with it and not make it an addition...

    • remister

      I commented on this when the first article went up.
      Milk Music™ is a free radio service with no ads.*
      * for a limited time
      It's time for them to rake in the monies.

    • tim242

      It says *for a limited time

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  • Jalok Xlem

    :/ - Their music selection isn't as good anyway (their UI is pretty neat). I couldn't find some of my favorite artists and music genres as well (like chillstep and chiptune). Plus the music is too mainstream. Maybe that is why I couldn't find any of my favorite artists...hmm.

    Going to stick with Grooveshark.

  • y8s

    So basically... it's going to become the same old crap I already had five times over. GREAT JOB SAMSUNG.

  • EffortLess

    It always stated no ads for a limited time in the fine print... no one ever reads.

    • y8s

      Of course it did (allegedly--I still didn't read), but they advertised it as free and no ads.

      They're just like my cocaine dealer.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      At the time, Samsung PR told us that they're not decided about whether ads will come or not and whether they'll have a paid version. So they made sure to put "limited time" to leave some options.

      It kind of sucks though that a feature that was introduced as a value-add to Samsung devices is going to end up with ads or paid after all. The "value-add" story was cute.

      • Sac Bunt Chris

        "Value-add" became bloatware.

  • emcee

    If I am going to deal with a cost or ads, why would I choose this over Pandora? Pandora works better, has more music, better quality and works across platforms. Ad-free was the only advantage to Milk -- every time I went to classical, it played the same mix as my previous visit -- obvious limit in the library in some genres.

    • Pratik Holla

      Lets not forget chromecast support and it is on tons of other platforms.

  • http://www.android.com/ HyperTallih

    Milk? haha, nevermind.

  • http://www.android.com/ HyperTallih

    I have Youtube, sorry guys! Haha stupid exclusive music app!

    • DERP

      Yea have fun with YouTube playlist in the background, oh wait...

  • BruinGuy

    That's a shame. I like the interface better than Pandora but the music selection is better on Pandora. I had been using Milk for it's ad-free policy and it's lack of laggy performance compared to Pandora. But, with better music playlists I guess I'm back to Pandora

  • Frank Lopez

    Fucking obvious from the 1st day.

  • John Smith

    Even with the "no ads" version, the highly repetitive "shout outs" for Slacker are incredibly annoying - I consider them ads for Slacker. So I've already stopped listening.

  • Ryanmax

    I'm befuddled. The article, and the press discharge both state that this is a notice free administration that Samsung accommodates its Galaxy gadgets. Yet, in the application store, it unmistakably says that the "no ads" characteristic is for a constrained time just. see here http://goo.gl/3YwOVQ

  • wow you’re wrong

    Wrong... This article is totally inaccurate honestly I think the author made it up with no source.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Looks pretty accurate to me. Care to elaborate, brave anonymous commenter?

      • tim242

        The only thing off about the article is you being surprised at this. The app states for a limited time only.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          I don't think anyone is surprised.

  • abobobilly

    Paying money for a "Radio" like service? Fuck that.

    Google All Access, all the way.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    I have a question for all existing Milk Music users.

    I could swear after the most recent update, the quality (at least on LTE) has gone down a *lot* compared to what it used to be. I can instantly tell the difference between any other streaming service and Milk Music - to my ears it sounds at around 48-64kbps whereas it used to sound around 128-192kbps.

    Has anyone else noticed the drop in quality? It's unusable at this point as far as I'm concerned.

    I reached out to Samsung but they couldn't confirm this. I don't think I'm crazy though.

  • A2theC

    Blasphemy!

    • A2theC

      Glad I kept my play music sub...

      • tim242

        Slacker Plus is 3.99, unlimited skips and no ads. Play Music is 9.99.

        • A2theC

          I signed up when play music came out so I don't pay $10 I pay 8. Play music is less of a radio service and more about and use a collection as I also have my music uploaded, some of which is not available in the Play Store as it is recorded by some friends of mine and people I've worked with in the past.

  • tim242

    It was known from the beginning that ad free was for a limited time only. Why are you so surprised?

  • firesoul453

    Well it was nice while it lasted.

  • Heimrik

    I thought this was going to be some kind of customer loyalty gratitude project from Samsung for Samsung customers. To reward Samsung customers with a feeling of exclusivity for being a member of the Samsung club. Kind of like Beats Audio with HTC. But nope... Just another worthless money making scam-like gimmick......

  • Samsung Lies

    buy a Samsung phone and will give you free music without ads... No, wait... turn around... we here at samsung have a better idea.